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ON THE WILD SIDE

A bit about handmade organic soaps & bodycare, wild native plants, & natural living.
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My Walk to Work

by | Friday, May 19, 2017 |

This is my view walking to work lately. I know. All you people sitting in traffic jams & concrete jungles, eat your heart out. The yellow flowers are Coreopsis tinctoria and besides being extremely vibrant and beautiful, they can be used as a natural colorant. Here's some gorgeous color samples I found on Pinterest. To dye for, right? The taller purplish blooms are Monarda punctata, also known as horsemint or spotted...

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Natural Insecticidal Soap Recipe

by | Tuesday, May 02, 2017 |

Got too much wildlife in your garden? A homemade insecticidal soap spray should ward off the six legged invaders. It damages insect's cell membranes and is pretty effective against a wide range of pests. The best time to spray is during the early morning or late evening when plants are not in direct sunlight. Saturate both the top and underside of leaves, re-applying as necessary. Allow several days between applications....

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No Lye = No Soap!

by | Tuesday, April 25, 2017 |

Did you know that lye is 100% necessary for making real, natural soap? To be classified as soap, the FDA says the product must be composed mainly of the “alkali salts of fatty acids.” That's the material you get when you combine animal fats or vegetable oils with an alkali, such as lye (a.k.a. sodium hydroxide for bar soaps and potassium hydroxide for liquid soaps ). The natural process that turns fats or oils into soap...

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A Barrel of Fun

by | Tuesday, April 18, 2017 |

We go through about four 55 gallon drums of soapmaking oils every month and those empty barrels can really stack up around here. A quick post on Craig's list usually takes care of most of them though. Some people want these for trash barrels or burn barrels. Some people turn them into storage containers (they have airtight lids). Other folks fashion them into a homemade deer feeder. But this guy got 13 of them the other...

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The Premium Advantage

by | Sunday, April 09, 2017 |

Sifting through the dizzying array of supposedly "natural" body care products on the grocery store shelf can be quite a chore these days. The term "natural" is completely unregulated and many unscrupulous body care companies are taking full advantage of that. But Whole Foods Market set out to change that way back in 2008. Products designated as Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care are the most exceptional natural...

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